Hit singer-songwriter Ernest has signed rising tunesmith Rhys Rutherford to his publishing venture, ERN’s Cadillac Music and Big Loud.
Rhys was raised on the music of Tim McGraw, John Prine and Kris Kristofferson, as well as a mix of ’60s and ’70s rock. His father is Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Rivers Rutherford. When Rhys decided to pursue music himself, he began to write songs and started a cover band with his friends.
After two semesters of college at Ole Miss, he moved back home to Nashville to dive head first into writing full time. After Rhys posted a cover of Ernest’s song “Feet Wanna Run” on social media, the breakout country star took notice of the talent, which led to his publishing deal. Since signing in March, Rhys has earned his first major label cut with Bailey Zimmerman’s “Is This Really Over?” from his record-breaking album Religiously. The Album.
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